Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

Executive Director
Education Post
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Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization supporting efforts to improve public education. He recently served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

He is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy and research firm and serves on several non-profit board, including Great Schools, The Montessori School of Englewood, Manufacturing Renaissance, and Foolproofme.com.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to an artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted May 19, 2016
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Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris Attack Anyone Who Disagrees

Recently, a prominent American citizen released a video urging the next president of the United States to spend one day…

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Posted May 18, 2016
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Why Both Political Parties Need Education Reform

Conservatives argue that markets will solve social problems more efficiently and effectively than the public sector while liberals insist that…

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Posted May 12, 2016
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Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight…

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Posted May 9, 2016
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Why Evaluating Teachers Is Really Hard to Do

I recently had dinner with two teachers who told me that in their combined 38 years of teaching they have…

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Posted Apr. 27, 2016

Statement by Peter Cunningham on 12th-Grade NAEP Scores

Statement from Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham on the 2015 NAEP scores for 12th-graders, which dipped slightly in reading and…

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Posted Apr. 22, 2016
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Look, I’m Not the Enemy But Investing in Education Without Accountability Just Doesn’t Work

My recent visit to the Network for Public Education’s annual conference in North Carolina has yielded much fruit. In addition…

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Posted Apr. 21, 2016
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VIDEO: Peter Cunningham Visits the Lion’s Den at the Network for Public Education

So I did my panel with Jennifer Berkshire (a.k.a. “Edushyster”) in front of an audience of education reform opponents at…

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Posted Apr. 19, 2016
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Let’s Talk About Teacher Evaluation

Teacher-blogger Peter Greene (“Curmudgucation”) asks, what is the purpose of evaluation? He offers the following seven options along with editorial…

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Posted Apr. 17, 2016
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Peter Cunningham Reflects on the 2016 Network for Public Education Conference

I arrived in North Carolina for the 2016 conference of The Network for Public Education and the first person I…

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Posted Apr. 15, 2016

Statement on Vergara Ruling

Despite yesterday’s Vergara ruling, the fight continues to raise the bar for teacher tenure and make performance a factor in staffing laws…

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Posted May 26, 2016
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An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want to thank you for the…

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Posted May 26, 2016
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From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a…

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Posted May 24, 2016
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Here’s How We ‘Make America Great Again’: Support First-Generation College Students

Rumor has it that someone wants to make America great again. Unfortunately, our country wasn’t always great—many citizens were not seen, heard or valued. My…

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